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John R. Foley

Family Attorney at Dearborn, MI

3.7   20 reviews
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1981
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John R. Foley PC
18572 Outer Dr
Law Office
Dearborn, MI, 48128-1872

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3.7 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
Posted by Michael | January 4, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Mediator
John Foley mediated my divorce case. He was compassionate and very knowledgeable. On several points, he managed to get me more than I was willing to settle for, and spent a great deal of time making sure that we had all of the information we needed (some of which the other attorney had refused to give to my attorney before the mediation), before we agreed to a final settlement. I 100% recommend John Foley as a mediator.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Represented my company
Best attorneys ever! Foley Law Firm was professional and emphathetic. I never needed to worry about anything because they were always so prepared. I’m so grateful I found them. They put my needs first which is so rare. If you’re looking for an attorney to represent you, look no further.
Posted by Matthew | February 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Seasoned attorney with relentless energy, superior skills and results!
I give Attorney John R. Foley the highest recommendation for his exceptional representation in my most complicated legal case. He has been everything I wanted and more. John R. Foley is a seasoned attorney with relentless energy. He knows the law inside and out and has a remarkable memory. Hard-nosed and articulate yet personable and a patient listener, John R. Foley provided clear guidance that was essential in navigating through the legal system. I found John R. Foley to be an insightful strategist staying several steps ahead of the proceedings. Always available and quick to respond to my questions, John R. Foley took a personal interest in my case. I felt comfortable working with John R. Foley as he was thorough, efficient, and frugal. I was impressed as he successively turned around my most complicated case at both the circuit and appellate court levels. John R. Foley has gained the respect of the courthouse through his clear and accurate application of the law. John R. Foley’s partner and son, Patrick A. Foley, follows in his father’s footsteps and brings hi-tech to the legal profession. Patrick A. Foley often counseled on my case to assure all the details were iron clad tight. The Foleys are supported by an exceptional staff that always got the job done. I am very pleased with Attorney John R. Foley, Patrick A. Foley and their staff and give them the highest recommendation for practicing law with superior skill, enthusiasm, integrity, and results. Matthew February 11, 2018
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Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2016
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Great Lawyer !!!
Mr. Foley was my attorney in a very difficult custody dispute. Mr. Foley was an excellent negotiator and a fantastic orator in Court. The Judges listened to his arguments. He was able to quickly and effectively explain my rights and the possible solutions. I highly recommend Mr. Foley as an attorney!!!
Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Grade A Attorney. Best in town.
I retained John R. Foley and his son Patrick Foley in early 2014 after leaving another attorney. It was like a light was turned on, and the confusion ended there. Mr. Foley explained everything to me in detail, but with simple, understandable explanations. He took over and got aggressive; not arrogant or unfriendly, just aggressive. I went from being "on the ropes" with every-other-weekend, 2 overnights, to nearly 50/50 time with my children. We prepared for trial and showed up ready, my ex caved the morning of trial. I could not be more pleased with my representation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2015
The Best Divorce Attorney in Michigan!
I was married for 23 years. My ex and I have 3 children. My wife and I both work long hours; but I naively believed that my marriage was not just OK, but going great. I was blindsided when she served me with divorce papers. In hindsight, I had me head in the sand. I came home from work to find the locks changed, and my belongings on the driveway. A good friend recommended John, because he was the opposing attorney against him in his own divorce! John slowly but surely changed the tide of the case. John got the judge to revoke the "emergency" (based on lies) orders that she had entered removing me from the house, and forcing me to continue paying for everything. Ultimately, she was removed from the house. When John finished investigating her, and we confronted her and her attorney with the evidence of her multiple affairs, I was awarded physical custody and the majority of parenting time. Her request for me to pay for attorneys and to pay her spousal support were both denied.
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Posted by David | July 31, 2014
Awesome Legal Team
John and his team were always an email or phone call away. The communication about the case was superior. I felt comfortable how the case was handled and how it ended. I would use his firm again and would suggest anyone else to as well.
Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2014
Smart, Caring and Aggressive Attorney
John Foley is a superb attorney! He has strong professional skills, and is very knowledgeable in all areas of Family Law. Mr. Foley integrates knowledge and understanding of the law, with caring and compassion for his client. He was generous with his time, listened carefully, and gave me focused and understandable feedback. He clearly explained to me my options, so I never felt in the dark, and helped me make tough decisions regarding my case. His fees were very reasonable. Mr. Foley is very personable and easy to talk with. Mr. Foley exceeded my expectations in terms of professionalism, trustworthiness and dedication to my case. I would definitely recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2014
Highly Recommended!
I strongly recommend John Foley to friends and family who need an attorney for family law matters. John came highly recommended by my own friends, and I hired him to replace the attorney I did have. For as heartwrenching as the matter was, I could not have asked for a more pleasant and undertanding attorney. John used his knowledge, and experience to clean up the mess created by my first attorney. Not only did John clean up the mess, he was able to control the damage that had been done, he was able to ultimatley get me exactly what I had wanted. My case was very emotionally exhausing, but John and his staff were sensitive, caring, and gave me solid professional guidance. John's billing was detailed and fair, and he explained everything to me throughout the process, so I never felt in the dark. I am very happy to have had John fighting on my team. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Skip | June 21, 2013
Best attorney ever
John handled my divorce case. He was the best in every aspect. An advocate for fathers rights. Having John in my corner helped me get full custody of my 3 children. Not an easy task in today's courts
Posted by Ginger | June 13, 2013
Dealing with attorneys is not easy, but dealing with John Foley was!
Obviously, when dealing with a divorce, most of the time (hopefully), it's the first time you have to deal with an attorney. Mr. Foley made the experience as comfortable as possible. He was great with explaining the process to me and gave me realistic expectations. He took my calls and called me back when he was not available and I had to leave a message. Mr. Foley truly had my best interest in mind the whole time. And, it was very important to me that when I called or met him in court, he knew my case and didn't treat me like "just another client". Thank you, Mr. Foley!
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Posted by Richard | June 12, 2013
Highly Recommended!
I highly recommend Mr. Foley. He represented me in my divorce action. He kept me informed of every thing going on in my case from the beginning to the end. Whenever I called, which was often, he always took the time to answer my questions, which were many! He was forthright when I was being unreasonable and when we were in court he fought for me and we were able to amicably settle my case.
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Posted by John | February 4, 2013
A Good man and a fine attorney....
Mr. Foley was instrumental in my son retaining custody of his two children. He was caring and concerned about the well being of the children. He was always mindful of their best interests. When we were only able to pay small amounts on the bill, Mr. Foley remained patient until it was finally paid off. He was able to relieve some of our stress and we are pleased with the job he did for our family.
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Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2014
Difficult time with a difficult situation
Unfortunately, John did not seem to have the time nor the discipline necessary to organize, follow up and communicate with me. Though perhaps well meaning and obviously experienced, he approached my case as if I do this all the time and understand the process and next steps involved in a divorce settlement. He enjoyed talking about his life and his experience and pontificating about his other cases in lieu of listening and taking notes on the one in front of him. This lead to multiple conversations about the same topics...all billable. Expect to have to call, email and follow up frequently to know where you stand, what the next steps entail and how things are progressing...And expect to pay for his time responding. John was not prepared, drafted incomplete and erroneous documents multiple times (billable as well)...all the way to the day of my settlement where, unable to attend, he inadvertently forgot to draft and send important documents needed to finalize the divorce. His admin staff is wonderful and did their best to assist...Divorce is difficult enough. Find an attentive attorney willing to take the time and make the effort to help guide you through it.
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Posted by Jason | October 7, 2013
Foley will not follow through and settles his way disreguarding what the seperated clients want
Mr Foley dealt with my divorce and even thou i had no wrong doing my ex was a femsle and FYoC was gonna give custody to my unstable, bi polar ex. After settling future contact with him was quick even after paying his retainer fee of $1,500. Even after a 30 minute phone call where we did not have the proper paperwork or divorce decree even thou he finslized it months prior i paid and have received no response 5 months after having a hearing on custody. He praised s cd and prompt paperwork to the court but Heidi proclaims he will call me back even thou its now October and my last communication was June. 2013
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
He is a one sided attorney. He is very unprofessional. He takes the side that he likes, even if you have 100% proof. He is unfair, unprofessional. DO NOT HIRE. He doesn't even deserve the one star.
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Would give a zero if I could.
In his words, Mr. Foley said my divorce settlement was the worst he’d ever seen”. Well, he was my attorney and I expected that he would get me the best settlement possible. Obviously to me, the opposing counsel did the exemplary job. Mr. Foley did not take the time to walk me through the divorce settlement to explain all the terms, but made sure he took the time to send me his bills in a timely fashion.
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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2016
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Very dishonest. Go somewhere else!
Extremely unprofessional, charges outrageous fees after the initial retainer. He will take your money and lie to your face!! Don't do it.
Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2014
This lawyer promised me he was going to get me the child support I deserved because my daughters father was lying about his income. When my support recommendation was made and was based on a false income my ex was reporting, I had 21 days to object. It was a couple days before the 21 days were up and he said the court would investigate his income on their own, that I didn't need to file objections. Thankfully, I found another lawyer that told me the truth that the court would never investigate that on their own. Prior to me firing him I mentioned that we would probably have to do a deposition and he told me I couldn't afford that and he knew how much money I made. I thought that was rude because I always paid him promptly. I told him I had money and people to help me out, but he instead degraded me by the previously mentioned comment.
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2014
Divorce serices
I never felt like he did anything for me. I lost every point of discussion and it cost me well over $15,000 for his services. You can do what he did and save thousands or get a younger more aggressive lawyer,
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  • Detroit College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Oakland University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977


  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
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Family Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I strongly endorse this lawyer!"
Family Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Foley is an excellent attorney. He ardently represents his clients in court and is a miracle worker at mediating cases. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. John is on top of his game. I recommend John without reservation."
Family Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Foley's reputation as a zealous advocate for his clients is second to none. My office has had the satisfaction of having him as both opposing counsel and and as a mediator. As opposing counsel he has always been professional and courteous, with his client's best interests always at the forefront. As a mediator, he is fair, impartial, and highly effective in resolving the most contested matters. I endorse Mr. Foley without reservation."
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Dearborn Family Lawyer John R. Foley
John R. Foley
Family Attorney
Dearborn, MI
Licensed for 42 years